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On 16 January 2015 late in the evening the website of the Ministry of Justice published a statement that the NGO Committee Against Torture had been added to the register of non-profit organizations designated as ‘foreign agents’.
Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch and Honorary Participant of International Youth Human Rights Movement: As the crisis in Ukraine escalated this spring, the Kremlin’s vicious crackdown on civil society also escalated. Space for independent civic activity in Russia is shrinking dramatically, but international policymakers and the media have been understandably too distracted to do much about it. Since early spring, it seems as though every week brings a new pernicious law or legislative proposal.
Earlier this year, the correspondent of Youth Human Rights Movement from Germany Jakob Stürmann interviewed Konstantin Baranov, member of the Coordination Council of the International Youth Human Rights Movement. They discussed so called “law against homosexual propaganda” and the overall situation of LGBT in Russia.  

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Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko, Hennadiy Afanasiev and Oleksiy Chyrniy have been held in Russian jails for two years already under fabricated charges of ‘terrorism’. We consider it being necessary to express solidarity with those who are persecuted due to their pro-Ukrainian views, civic stand and desire for freedom in Russia-annexed Crimea.
Helsinki Committee of Armenia has published “Human Rights in Armenia 2014” Annual Report. The report reflects on the Right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, Political Persecutions, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, The Rights of the Child, Protection of Labor Rights.
«We have a few questions for you,» a border guard told Sinaver Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar activist, at the Armyansk checkpoint in northern Crimea on Jan. 23. Kadyrov was on his way to Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to fly to Turkey for medical treatment. It was the beginning of an ordeal that ended with a local court expelling him from Crimea, his home of almost 25 years.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority It is time to sit back and reflect.

Mark Twain


Youth Human Rights Movement

Start of the Action "Student, know your rights!"

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On September 1st, the International Network for Students' Rights launches the joint awareness-raising action «Student, know your rights!»

Throughout September, we invite you to tell people in your high school, city, or even the whole country about what students' rights are, in which documents they are fixed, how it can be ensured that the statutes are followed, laws and other topics related to this issue.
This initiative is a continuation of last year's action "Student, know your rights!", but this year we propose to devote a whole month to the topic of students' rights:)

In our opinion, September is the perfect time for those students who are returning to their universities, as well as for those who make their first steps, to remember/learn not only about where the lecture halls are and what a student ID looks like, but that students' rights exist and how everybody can protect them by banding together.

There are various ways to participate in the action: you might, for example, just find out something new about your own rights, and later share it with close friends, but you could also contribute by informing more and more people at your faculty, university, city, or even the entire country ...

We have the common topic — students' rights, but the ways to talk about it are very different. By combining our ideas, efforts, energy, experience and creativity, we can talk to a lot of students about their rights and protection.

Within the campaign, we suggest to focus on the following 4 directions. However, if you think that there is something missing — please, feel free to add it! The more participants, the more opportunities ... :)

Documents on the rights of students
Education laws, the statutes of single institutions - in them, the basic definitions of a student's status within the university, city and state are embodied. Therefore, everybody should know about them.

Students' freedom of association
Organizations for students' protection - do they exist? What are they doing and can they actually help? Is it possible not to join those organizations but instead to create your own - if the existing ones are not satisfying?

Memo for freshmen
Freshmen do not know where to go, whom to talk to, what to do. Various "stumbling blocks" including the violation of their rights are waiting. A guide for the enigmatic world of university seems more than nessecary!

Discussions about the rights of students
Finally, we found it would be interesting to hold discussions with large audiences about what "students' rights" are. Are the rights of students restricted by the walls of the university? Where did they come from and where do they go?

Materials are available on the website of the International Network for Students' rights
We invite all those who consider talking about the rights of students as important as we do . If you organize a short information session for your classmates or distribute leaflets, it is also enough! From our side, we are ready to help by providing advice, techniques, and ideas from various awareness-raising materials.

To join the campaign, please contact

The group for awareness-raising actions
International Network for Students' Rights
Lada Burdatcheva and Liuba Zakharova